SEATTLE — The top-ranked Oregon State baseball team dropped the series opener at Washington Thursday night, 3-2, at Husky Ballpark.
The Beavers rallied in the ninth, pushing the game to a one-run deficit on an RBI single by KJ Harrison. But the Huskies ended the game on a groundout to a sprawling Levi Jordan at second, whose throw narrowly beat Michael Gretler at first.
The loss snapped Oregon State's school-record 23 game win streak, and pushed the Beavers to just their second loss on the year. OSU is 28-2 overall, and 12-1 in Pac-12 Conference play. The Huskies are 20-12 overall and 7-3 against league foes.
Trevor Larnach opened the game's scoring, driving in a run in the first on a double past the third-base bag. But the Beavers managed just one run — in the ninth — off reliever Noah Bremer, who earned the win, improving to 3-3 on the year.
Luke Heimlich started for the Beavers, working 6 1/3 innings, allowing seven hits and three runs — one earned — while striking out seven. He took the loss, dropping to 5-1.
Nick Madrigal tallied three hits, a home run short of the cycle, and scored both of Oregon State's runs, to lead the team offensively. Harrison also had a multi-hit game, finishing 2-for-4.
The Huskies scored three runs in the sixth to take the lead. Willie MacIver tied the game on a double, then watched as John Naff reached on a throwing error, scoring two runs.
Thursday's series opener was delayed approximately 40 minutes due to the threat of weather in the area. First pitch was thrown at 6:48 p.m.
Next up, Oregon State and Washington continue the series this afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. and the game will air live on Pac-12 Network.
WASHINGTON 4, OREGON 2: At Eugene, Oregon freshman pitcher Maggie Balint extended her scoreless innings streak to 30.2 before allowing a two-run homer in the sixth inning that propelled No. 12 Washington past the No. 4 Ducks.
Oregon (36-3, 9-3 Pac-12) lost for the third time in four games after opening the season 35-0, but the Ducks didn't go down without a fight. After the Huskies (30-9, 7-6) scored an unearned run in the first, the home team rallied into the lead in the bottom of the fourth.